Academic journal article Military Review

Mr. Truman's War: The Final Victories of World War II and the Birth of the Postwar World

Academic journal article Military Review

Mr. Truman's War: The Final Victories of World War II and the Birth of the Postwar World

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MR TRUMAN'S WAR: The Final Victories of World War II and the Birth of the Postwar World by J. Robert Moskin. 411 pages. Random House, New York. 1996. $30.00.

J. Robert Moskin's book could easily be titled "Mr. Truman's Wars," considering the common man from Missouri faced more turmoil in his first four months in office than probably any other president.

After having served less than four months as vice president, Truman, largely ignored by his predecessor, inherited a full plate of problems, almost all contested by various factions trying to pull him one way or another.

With considerable skill, the author takes us from May though September 1945-touching on Truman's many conflicts, including ending the war in Europe and the thorny negotiations with Russia, Britain and France in charting Europe's future; the decisions to invade Japan and/or drop the first atomic bombs; colonialism's rebirth in Asia; the ever-present interservice rivalries; the first glimmers of General Douglas MacArthur's insubordination; and labor unrest in the United States.

Without a doubt, Moskin admires President Truman, especially Truman's ability to make tough decisions without being tortured by second thoughts. …

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